George Osborne launched a revolution in local government as he abolished the regional development agency and placed local councils in charge of boosting the West Midlands economy, in an emergency budget that slashed spending and drove up taxes.
Dear Editor, Your report on mental health problems amongst local government workers on page 12, Monday, August 10, and the relevant comment on page 2 , that day barely scratches the surface of the different facets of cost with regard to absenteeism in the public sector.
New figures identifying a sharp jump in the number of local government workers off sick with mental health problems are certainly reflected in Birmingham, where depression, stress and tiredness are the main drivers behind a ludicrous absenteeism rate.
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